Jail for man who wielded brick

York Crown Court
York Crown Court

POLICE officers were confronted by a brick-wielding Scarborough man threatening to both self-harm and to attack them, a court heard.

Two officers were called to the Falsgrave Road area on March 5 this year to find Max Noble, 22, armed with the house brick and warning them not to approach him.

The officers did and despite the brick being raised and a verbal challenge from Noble, he was disarmed and taken to the floor, said Catherine Duffy, prosecuting at York Crown Court.

She added that even when arrested and placed in the rear of a police van, Noble continued to threaten to self-harm and began hitting and kicking the cage in the rear of the vehicle.

Noble, of Queens Terrace, appeared before the court for sentencing on previously admitted charges of using threatening behaviour and resisting a police officer. He admitted before the crown court to having been in breach of both his bail and a suspended prison sentence.

Miss Duffy told the hearing that Noble, who later told the police that he had been drinking and had had a row with his girlfriend, had a previous record for offences including theft, criminal damage and failing to comply with court orders.

Ruth Cranidge, mitigating, said that her client realised that the court would be looking at a custodial sentence, having committed these offences only three weeks after the suspended sentence was imposed, and asked that any sentence be kept to a minimum.

Recorder Peter Miller went on to activate the six-month suspended prison sentence and add a further two months’ custody for the current offences – making eight months in total.

The recorder told Noble that despite only starting to offend last year he was accumulating a bad record and had shown a repeated failure to comply with the probation service and to do unpaid work.